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from the far end of the Philadelphia Phillies‘ postgame clubhouse , and a large beer cooler stood in the middle of the room as manager Gabe Kapler stepped outside for a conversation.“It’s a little loud in there right now,” he said.The sound was one big sigh of relief from the Phillies.Carlos Santana homered to start a four-run first inning , giving the Phils a much-need jump start, and they snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Miami 9-4 Tuesday.“We feel a lot more confidence now having had that game,” Kapler said.The Phillies closed to within three games of NL East leader Atlanta, which lost to Boston 5-1. Philadelphia lost to last-place Miami on Monday but now has a chance to win a series for the first time in a month on Wednesday.Jake Arrieta (10-9) struck out a season-high 11 and earned his first win since July 31. He allowed four runs in 7 1/3 innings and improved to 5-1 in eight career starts against the Marlins.“We got him the lead, and he knew exactly what to do with it,” Kapler said. “Right when we needed it, he stepped up.”J.T. Realmuto hit two solo homers off Arrieta, increasing his season total to 20.Asdrubal Cabrera drove in three runs for the Phils with his 23rd homer and a double. Santana drove in a two runs and scored twice, while Cesar Hernandez hit a bases-loaded triple.“Our offense is capable of having these breakout games, and not just one out of 10 Matt Garza Jersey ,” Arrieta said. “We’ve got a nice cavalry of bats. We can really swing it. It just hasn’t been clicking for us of late.”After totaling five runs in the previous four games, the Phils received a spark from Santana, who led off for only the fifth time this season. After he hit his 21st homer, Hernandez’s three-run triple later in the inning made it 4-0. By the fifth it was 8-1.“It’s big giving my team energy, especially early in the game,” Santana said. “Everybody’s happy.”Seven Miami pitchers combined to allow nine hits and 10 walks while hitting two batters. The Phils drew no walks in Monday’s listless loss.“We got back to our Phillies style of offense,” Kapler said. “We saw a lot of pitches. We worked a lot of walks and had some extra-base hits at the end of deep counts.”Rhys Hoskins earned a painful RBI in the ninth when he was hit on the shoulder with the bases loaded. He left the game for a pinch runner, but after the game Kapler said Hoskins was fine.Newly engaged Marlins starter Trevor Richards (3-8) lasted only 1 1/3 innings in his shortest outing yet. The rookie gave up four walks, four hits and six runs, and remained winless since July 14.“I was just falling behind,” Richards said. “I didn’t have command of my fastball.”The Marlins need an 8-15 finish to avoid their first 100-loss season since 2013.EXPERT COUNSELFormer Phillies star Jimmy Rollins joined the team at Kapler’s invitation to offer playoff-race encouragement.ELBOW ROOMAnnounced attendance at Marlins Park was 7,131. There were 1 ,396 fans actually in the stands for the first inning, according to a head count.ROSTER MOVESMarlins: INF Martin Prado (abdominal strain) went on the 60-day DL, ending another injury-plagued season in which he batted .244 in 54 games. Prado, who is under contract next season for $15 million, was limited to 37 games in 2017.“It has been a rough couple of years for Martin,” manager Don Mattingly said.The Marlins reinstated LHP Jarlin Garcia and RHP Elieser Hernandez from the 10-day DL, recalled INF-OF Chris Bostick from Triple-A New Orleans, and selected the contracts of RHP Tyler Kinley and 1B-OF Peter O’Brien from New Orleans.TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: SS JT Riddle was scratched from the starting lineup because of a sore left wrist.UP NEXTRHP Nick Pivetta (7-10, 4.66) is scheduled to start the series finale Wednesday night against Miami RHP Sandy Alcantara (1-0, 1.80), making his second start of the season. BOSTON (AP) — Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox clubhouse. But the Boston second baseman won’t be playing in any games for the rest of the season.Manager Alex Cora said Friday that Pedroia has been officially shut down for the remainder of 2018. Cora revealed the 35-year-old veteran had an additional arthroscopic surgery on his left knee while rehabbing in Arizona in July to cleanup some scar tissue. Pedroia had two initial procedures on the knee last October.The four-time All-Star returned to action in May for three games, but went just 1 for 11 with two walks. Still Christian Yelich Jersey , Cora left open the possibly for the Boston fan favorite to make it back before season’s end. That changed after a conversation with Pedroia recently.“It’s tough not being able to help out the guys,” Pedroia said. “But it’s been great watching them and how great the year’s been. We’ve done a lot of great things. It’s that time of year where you’re pushing to win the World Series.“It’ll be great to here and watch the guys try to accomplish that,” he said.The Red Sox have the best record in the majors and a big lead over the Yankees in the AL East.Cora said Pedroia has continued to make progress since the July procedure. He said the decision to sit him down had more to do with there not being enough time or rehab opportunities to get him ready to play.“We just ran out of time,” Cora said. “We went through the process the right way, it just didn’t happen.”Pedroia said his rehab program remains on schedule for him to be ready to go when spring training opens in 2019.“I’ll be ready — 100 percent.”In the meantime, he plans to keep working out in Boston to help his teammates out in whatever capacity he can. He has been texting with them after big wins and to give pep talks to a players struggling at the plate.“I watched every pitch. I didn’t miss anything,” Pedroia said.He said there are no regrets about trying to come back in May and he remains in agreement with the collective decision he made in consultation with his doctors and the team.“I knew all along it would be tough. It’s a surgery that requires time. And once you give it time you’ll be fine,” Pedroia said. “It’s been 10 months since the first big surgery. So a lot of rehab and hard work and time put in. That’s what I’m most upset about is you work that hard and you don’t get a chance to do it.“But looking at the big picture it’s the right thing to do.”Pedroia said the ordeal hasn’t been without mental ebbs and flows, however.He said it wasn’t until about “probably six weeks ago” that he felt like he would be in position to return as the type of player he was before the injury.“You play the hand you’re dealt and move on,” Pedroia said.

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